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Can you have fun as a Soroptimist?

Well for our Club the question should be ‘how much fun can you have?

Adapting the saying ‘ All work and no play makes June a dull month’ certainly doesn’t apply to our Club.   Whilst we stay committed to standing up for women, and gender equality, and doing our bit for the environment,  we still know how to enjoy ourselves.   Whether we meet via Zoom or in person staying within the current Covid guidelines.   With a glass of something bubbly, and usually some cake, our members always commit whole heartedly to what every project we’re working on.    Do read on!

World Environment Day

Purple slide with SIGBI logo for World Environment DayOur speaker this month was Richard Baxter who has campaigns for Greenpeace  Greenpeace started almost 50 years ago.    It continues to raise awareness and lobby about the environment.

We leant that plastic was originally invented in 1869 as an alternative for ivory, tortoiseshell and horn – all very laudable.    It certainly makes possessions lighter, safer and more affordable.

The problem is that only 9% of plastic is recycled.    And a new problem identified is microfibre from clothing.   Who knew?

So, ever resourceful as a Club, instead of swapping recipes, we swapped more ideas on how to reduce our use of plastic and increase our recycling.

  • Microfibre laundry bags to collect the tiny particles from draining into our water system and the sea.
  • Slim your bin with Warwickshire County Council
  • As Lush are no longer accepting plastic bottle tops, Christina has found that we can send them to New Forest Mencap, The Nedberman Centre, Marryat Road, Nr. Melton, HANTS BH 25 5NY

This is of course in addition to all our pledges that we decorated our Christmas Tree with in December.

100 Women of Empowerment Trail 23-30th AugustPurple background SIGBI logo with title putting women on the map

Under President Julie’s guidance, plans are well in hand for our trail around Kenilworth.   The last meeting of the co-ordinators was an interesting mix of technology and face to face.   One of the team could only join via Zoom as she’d been alerted to isolate via Track & Trace.   She was assured that the others who could meet were only drinking elderflower cordial in sparkling wine albeit in champagne glasses!

However, it does show that where there’s a will there’s a way for all our members to join meetings safely.   What ever the restrictions with Covid  are over the coming months.


Anyone for Elevenses?

The weather was kind, well it didn’t rain and it wasn’t too windy.    We took the opportunity to have some fun in Abbey Fields.   We took our own chairs and hot drinks, and the Events Group supplied some delicious cakes and biscuits.

The cakes were delicious –  many of us were so spoiled for choice we were obliged to sample several before deciding which one we’d like as a second, or third helping.  A hitherto undiscovered talent of Carole’s is her ability to divine the exact whereabouts of the jam in a doughnut and divide it into two equally jammed servings.

This is the first time for months that so many of us were able to meet and catch up.  It was lovely to hear the buzz of conversation, see the shared concern for one another and enjoy laughing together. We missed those who weren’t able to be there today and look forward to the first chance we’ll have of getting together in full number.

Could our Club win Eurovision?Group of 6 women in garden

Well probably not!   But we had an hilarious time creating our entry for SI Kidderminster’s grand virtual celebration of the past 100 years.   We were given the 70’s and what better way than to become the tribute band AbbaGo!   We sang Thank You For The Music, dressed in our finest glittery outfits and outrageous wigs!   President Julie provided us with a witty intro about our Club during that decade.   We were only formed in 1969 so we were very young!


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